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Starting Blocks

Starting Blocks is a government website providing parents with trusted information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

Learning begins from the minute a child is born. Whether he/she is being taken care of at home, in childcare or another type of preschool service, it is important that they have opportunities to learn and develop every day.

Starting Blocks is a go-to website for pregnant couples, new parents, and parents of toddlers who want information from a credible source on the best ways to raise a child.

Starting Blocks is a starting point to:

  • learn about children's developmental milestones
  • understand what to expect from an early childhood education and care service
  • find services and learn about their quality ratings
  • get tips on starting child care or preschool
  • find out what can be done at home to encourage a child’s learning and development

Starting Blocks is an initiative of the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). ACECQA is an independent national authority that assists governments in implementing the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care.

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Last reviewed: October 2019

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Child's Development 4 to 8 months I Starting Blocks

Get trusted information about your childs developmental milestones from 4 to 8 months.

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Activities at home with your child I StartingBlocks.gov.au

Find out about different activities and things to do with children. Learn about making games, being active and getting out and about with your child.

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Child's Development 1 to 2 years I Starting Blocks

Learn about the developmental milestones to observe for your 1 to 2 year old child.

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Get into a routine with your child I Starting Blocks

Daily routines help families to be organised and set aside free time to spend together and have fun. Help to teach children healthy habits for life.

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Child Development Birth to 12 months | Starting Blocks

Facts for new parents on the important developmental milestones from birth to 12 months old.

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Nutrition in child care I Starting Blocks

Learn what The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia recommends that children and adolescents eat to maintain a varied diet.

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Child's Development 2 to 3 years | Starting Blocks

Facts for new parents on the important developmental milestones from 2 to 3 years old.

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Child Care Path at Starting Blocks

New parents' first steps into early childhood education and care from pregnancy to school.

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Tips and resources for parents at StartingBlocks.gov.au

Online resources for parents to assist them with their child’s learning and development.

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Finding a quality child care service I Starting Blocks

Ask these six questions to find out if your chosen child care service is of high quality.

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